The tennis hall of fame and the list of US Open title holders are almost identical with only the best of the best being able to clinch the main prize and the tournament with the biggest purse up for grabs.
The men’s single has pretty much been dominated by the three big hitters of the current times, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. The veteran of the pack picking up five titles while the two younger guns with three apiece. The winners of the women’s singles have been a little more open but in total nobody has been able to match the extraordinary feats of Serena Williams’s six triumphs.
Here we will preview both the men’s and women’s tournament, with some betting hints along the way.
It is difficult to look past the three best and the three most proven tennis players at this event over the years. However, when we break them down there may be a slight favourite among the trio.
Rafa Nadal has some recent fitness concerns when it comes to competing on hard courts which may put some punters off backing him, especially when he has a potential seven five-set matches in such a short space of time.
Roger Federer may have similar concerns. The Swiss legend may be in incredible shape but at 38 years old and predicted heat and humidity at the tournament, will he be able to keep up with his two nearest rivals at such a demanding tournament?
That leaves the Serbian star who may be looking to be in the best position to win the US Open. Not only does he continually deliver at grand slam events, but he also just won at Wimbledon and is suited to the New York courts. On paper, it should be Djokovic’s title.
Are There Any Worthy Outsiders?
Of course, anyone could win from behind the front pack but Danil Medvedev deserves a special mention. Although yet to prove himself at one of the big tournaments, he has recently beaten Djokovic and could contend well.
The female tournament is arguably harder to predict. With a wide-open field and a reigning champion not at her best, it could be a big day for gamblers. Naomi Osaka has maintained her World Number One ranking and could use that to motivate her to victory. Other potential winners or players to watch include:
· Ashley Barty – she underperformed at Wimbledon when predicted to win
· Serena Williams – Serena will also be back and looking to win but will her veteran body, alike Federer, be able to cope with the demands of the tournament
· Elina Svitolina – a good bet for many after some solid outings at recent tournaments, but the question remains is a grand slam win beyond her?
Fans may also want to look out for Cori Gauff, the 15-year old prodigy that beat Venus Williams and who is tipped for greatness. Could greatness come early?
Whoever you are backing, it is destined to be another dramatic and engaging tournament for the whole tennis world to enjoy!